New UES Australia-Inspired Coffee Shop Comes From Pro Rugby Player

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Now open at 247 East 81st Street is Hutch + Waldo, an Australia-inspired coffee shop from professional rugby player Alastair McFarland. Alongside organic coffee, the menu includes sandwiches, salads, avocado toast, a halloumi sandwich with arugula and tomato aioli, and chocolate chip cookies. McFarland started the cafe as something to do in rugby’s off-season, seeing an opportunity in the neighborhood with many evening spots, but not a lot of daytime options. It’s open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., going until 8 p.m. on weekends.

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Vegan World Celebrity Chef Will Open a Mexican Spot in the East Village

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Self-anointed “world’s leading plant-based chef” Matthew Kenney is opening two restaurants back to back this fall: He’s following up hard-to-read XYST on November 1, with the more straightforward Bar Verde, a vegan Mexican restaurant in the East Village.

This will be the third restaurant for Kenney, who rose to prominence following Irving Place’s embroiled but now defunct Pure Food + Wine. Bar Verde will debut in the East Village, next door to 00 + Co. with the same address as the vegan pizza shop he opened on Second Avenue at 4th Street last year. His partners there, Raymond Azzi and Kyle Saliba, are also co-owners of Bar Verde.

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